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Three Questions: Wings-Predators

DRW.com's Michael Caples analyzes the Wings' 76th game

Sunday, 03.29.2009 / 8:02 PM ET / News
By Michael Caples  - Detroit Red Wings Staff Writer
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Three Questions: Wings-Predators
What went wrong?

It only took 20 seconds for the game to take a drastic turn in momentum. The Wings were dominating, but at the midway point of the third period, a few bad bounces turned the game in the Predators’ favor. At the 11:35 mark, Preds forward Joel Ward fired in a rebound to beat goalie Chris Osgood to tie the game at 2-2. Twenty seconds later, center Jerred Smithson converted on a Nashville opportunity after a turnover, and scored his fourth of the season to give the Predators the 3-2 lead.

The Wings fought back, with Johan Franzen scoring his 32nd goal of the season after taking a pass from Pavel Datsyuk along the Nashville blue line. Franzen beat rookie goalie Pekka Rinne with a quick wrist shot from just inside the blue line. But defenseman Ryan Suter blasted a slapshot past Osgood with just under five minutes remaining, and the Wings couldn’t manage another game-tying goal.

What was the goal of the night?

I’m going with the Wings’ first goal of the night, which came on the penalty kill. Captain Nicklas Lidstrom got the ball rolling when he took a pass from Niklas Kronwall in the Detroit zone. Lidstrom wound up for a slap shot, as if to ice the puck, but instead fired a pass right onto Henrik Zetterberg’s stick. Catching the pass in stride at the Nashville blue line, he broke in behind the Predators’ defense, and burned Rinne with a deke to the backhand.

The goal marked two milestones for Zetterberg. The Wings’ forward picked up his 30th goal of the season, which means that he has scored at least 30 in four straight seasons. It was also his 400th career point, which is an impressive achievement for the forward who just signed a 12-year contract. 

Who was the player of the game?

Lidstrom had a great game Sunday night. Along with setting up Zetterberg’s goal, Lidstrom picked up the secondary assist on the Wings’ second goal, which featured Mikael Samuelsson firing in a one-timer on a pass from Datsyuk. With Brian Rafalski not dressing, Lidstrom played for 26:01, eating up 2:26 worth of penalty-kill time.

 

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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - WSH 82 56 18 8 252 193 120
2 x - PIT 82 48 26 8 245 203 104
3 y - FLA 82 47 26 9 239 203 103
4 x - NYR 82 46 27 9 236 217 101
5 x - NYI 82 45 27 10 232 216 100
6 x - TBL 82 46 31 5 227 201 97
7 x - PHI 82 41 27 14 214 218 96
8 x - DET 82 41 30 11 211 224 93
9 BOS 82 42 31 9 240 230 93
10 CAR 82 35 31 16 198 226 86
11 OTT 82 38 35 9 236 247 85
12 NJD 82 38 36 8 184 208 84
13 MTL 82 38 38 6 221 236 82
14 BUF 82 35 36 11 201 222 81
15 CBJ 82 34 40 8 219 252 76
16 TOR 82 29 42 11 198 246 69

STATS

2015-2016 PLAYOFFS
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
T. Tatar 5 0 3 1 3
M. Green 5 1 1 -1 2
A. Athanasiou 5 1 0 1 1
G. Nyquist 5 1 0 2 1
H. Zetterberg 5 1 0 3 1
J. Abdelkader 5 1 0 -3 1
B. Richards 5 1 0 -4 1
D. Helm 5 1 0 -1 1
D. Larkin 5 1 0 -2 1
N. Kronwall 5 0 1 3 1
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
P. Mrazek 1 2 0 .945 1.36
J. Howard 0 2 0 .891 3.59